- cost (someone) an arm and a leg /kawst uhn ahrm uhn uh leg/
- showcase /SHOH-keys/
- attribute /A-truh-byoot/
- Shangri-La /SHANG-gruh-lah/
- entail /en-TEYL/
[idiom] – to be very expensive
She spotted a stunning coat, but it cost an arm and a leg.
[verb] – to show the best qualities or parts of something
The exhibition’s primary goal is to showcase African-American literature.
[noun] – a quality or characteristic that someone or something has
Having good organizational skills is an important attribute for managers.
[noun] – an imaginary, beautiful place, often far away, where everything is pleasant and you can get everything you want
If luxury is what you’re looking for, this hotel is your Shangri-La.
[verb] – to involve or make something necessary
We had already received a briefing on what the job entails.
Breeders can showcase their cows’ beauty, breeding, and other attributes in a special competition held in Japan. Winners get the chance to sell their cattle and carcasses for the greatest price to the world’s best eateries and butchers. These high-quality “steaks” are being served at the Japanese Wagyu Olympics. But competing is only a small part of winning: the search for the Shangri-La of steak and the Japanese idea of ikigai is also involved. “[Ikigai] is a deep sense of purpose; the reason for getting up every morning; that which gives one’s life much of its meaning,” said Andrea Fazzari, James Beard award-winning photographer, and author. The Olympics offer an occasion for Wagyu beef farmers to showcase the result of their unrelenting quest for excellence in breeding the best cow. Wagyu production entails a lengthy, labor-intensive procedure that includes government-regulated genetic testing. Additionally, there’s a two-year fattening process where they are fed a blend of fiber and high-energy concentrate until their body mass reaches 50% fat.
Absolute perfection in anything is impossible to achieve. But the Wagyu Olympics encourage farmers to strive in their life’s work. And thanks to the Japanese idea of ikigai, we also benefit from its superb taste and quality.
- What type of meat (beef, chicken, lamb, etc.) do you enjoy eating the most? Why?
- Have you tasted Wagyu beef? What distinguishes it from other types of meat?
- If you were to judge the Wagyu Olympics, what factors would you look for in Wagyu beef?
- Should winners of the Wagyu Olympics also claim prize money?
- Do you think wagyu should be bred in other countries? Why or why not?